Wilkes County Jail – Washington, GA

Wilkes County Jail is located in Wilkes County, Georgia and is the correctional facility for the area. Do you know somebody in jail at Wilkes County Jail? This site gives you information about anything you might want to know about Wilkes County Jail,like: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find mugshots and inmate photos. The jail’s address and phone number. Bailing out of jail. Intake procedures. Wilkes County court information. And much, much more.

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The chance of going to jail is a scary and stressful prospect, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also that person’s friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to offer information and advice you need to make the process a little less stressful. If you have questions, feel free to ask them, and also any feedback or comments that might help other people in the same situation would be appreciated.

General Information

Address

Wilkes County Jail
225 Andrew Drive
Washington, GA 30673

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: (706) 678-2224
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Map and Directions

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member, loved one, or friend that is in jail and need to contact them?

Has someone that’s been arrested and you don’t know how to locate them?

To search who is in jail at Wilkes County Jail you should navigate to their website and use the inmate search.

Inmate Locator

The Wilkes County Jail Inmate Locator is a list of people who have been arrested and are in jail, which includes custody status, bail amount (if applicable), and visiting schedule. Also, you can get info about anyone who has been arrested or discharged within the past 24 hours. Prisoners are listed alphabetically by last name. You can find their inmate information fast if you’ve got the arrestee’s name, birth date, or inmate ID.

If your friend or family member could possibly be in another county jail you will want to check our guide to other Georgia jails: Georgia County Jails


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a jail booking photo, is the photograph that the police take when you get processed at jail intake. They will take one and one profile photo. Your name and intake number will be in the photos, and they will be stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be searched on the Wilkes County Jail website, or you can see them at the Wilkes County Jail. When you search for mugshots on the website you will have to enter the person’s full name, and an arrest date, if you have it.

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How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Trying to figure out how to have your mugshot removed from the Wilkes County Jail website? This will be difficult, since your mugshot is public record. To get your mugshot removed you have to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. What this means is that the record of your arrest will be sealed, so no one will be able to access them. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

To learn more about removing your mugshot, the different mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you are in jail, your main thought is when and how to get out. After you’ve gone through the booking process, bail will be determined either by bail schedule or magistrate. In cases where no bail is set this can mean that you will either be free to go until your trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you do bail out of jail you are required to agree to go to your court date, and until that day you won’t be permitted to travel out of the county.

Usually, inmates will be given time off for good behavior when they follow the rules and conduct themselves properly while locked up.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you might be allowed to do work release. You will either have to stay jail every day when you’re finished working, or you could be permitted to move to a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you will have to pay is dictated by the crime you’ve been charged with. Someone you know will need to pay to the courts ten percent of the total that was set in order to get out of jail. If you miss your scheduled court date, the person that paid your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail will need to call the jail or the county courthouse. If know the person’s information, like name, address and date of birth, they will let you know what their bail is set at. You can also see the bail amount on the jail website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Needing to bail someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but in some cases, it’s easy if you have the money. First, find out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If so, you will not be able to use the services of a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail won’t accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve posted (paid) bond, the prisoner will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, you’ll get your money back.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, or you can’t afford it, you should hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen will usually charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the bail amount, and usually have a minimum charge of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and is typically cash only. If their bail has been set particularly high, the bondsman will usually use your assets as collateral.

If you need a local bail bondsman go to: Find a Bail Bondsman in Wilkes County

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Early Release For Good Behavior
  • Work Release
  • Get Out For Time Served
  • Be Released on a Pre-Trial Release Program
  • Get Released on House Arrest
  • Be Released on Your Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process includes each of the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a waiting area or cell. When the jail is busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • First, must answer some questions, such as your full name, home address, birthdate and an emergency contact.
  • They’ll also ask about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • They will take your mugshot.
  • Any personal property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will be allowed to use the phone to contact a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be able to wear your own clothes, if not you will have to wear a jail uniform.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will get discharged from jail. The discharge process can take anywhere between 10 minutes to hours or even all day long. In simple terms, the faster bail is posted, the sooner you will get released. How quickly you get discharged might depend on whether you have a cash bond amount or if a magistrate needs to decide on how much to set your bail at. For lesser charges, you will get booked and get released without having to post bail. When you get to the end of your sentence and know the discharge date, you should expect to get released in the morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If the police have a, or if you must start a jail sentence, it is recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in. If you have a warrant, go to the jail, in the reception area, and tell them that you think there may be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. A record check will be run, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into custody. If you have a jail sentence to serve, go to the jail at the exact time and date that the sentence order or court paperwork states. Be very careful that you are not late to report. Just bring required items when you go to jail, such as your driver’s license or photo ID, prescription medication, as well as the sentencing order from court.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate must provide each visitor’s name to the jail. Your visitor’s information will be put into the visitors log as an Authorized visit. Each visitor is required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Any visitors showing up late or that is not an approved visitor will not be able to attend visitation.
Jail visitation policies frequently change, so we suggest that you check the official Wilkes County Jail jail site before you go to the jail to visit.

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Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

All phone calls from jail are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . These phone calls are a lot more expensive than phone calls made at home. There is no limit to when and how often you can use the phone, but you should keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the rules, an inmate’s phone privileges could be reduced or cut altogether.

The Wilkes County Jail phone number is: (706) 678-2224

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail is required to be sent using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You can’t use any other form of mail or package delivery. You should write the prisoner’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail on the letter. Don’t send a box, envelope with padding or insulation, plastic bag, or an envelope with metal in it. All mail that you send to inmates will be opened and reviewed by the officers at the jail, and the mail will get returned if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to someone incarcerated at Wilkes County Jail:

Wilkes County Jail
225 Andrew Drive
Washington, GA 30673

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE’S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Wilkes County Jail
225 Andrew Drive
Washington, GA 30673


The inmate mail policy at Wilkes County Jail changes, so you should check the site before you send a letter to an inmate.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you get arrested, you have certain rights, the most important of which is the right to request an attorney. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so you would be wise to have a friend or family member find an attorney when you call. You might be thinking ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a criminal attorney can advise you of your rights, help protect your best interests and help you navigate the legal system in your county. The sooner you hire a lawyer to represent you and work on your case, the better.

For more info on how to find a lawyer, go to: Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, you will be given a public defender for a lawyer. The Public Defender has a number of staff such as independent investigators, forensics experts as well as case workers. All Public Defenders are actual attorneys that are members of the State Bar and are licensed to practice law.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney or Public Defender? Are you happy with how they handled your case?

Court Records

Wilkes County court records are public records. They have a file with a docket and every motions, documents, and evidence that have been filed in the case. You are able to access your court records via the internet service, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is a member of the court who manages access to court records. They also administer the oath in a court case, and read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records and documents from your court case are maintained at Clerk of Court’s office.

Fees

Court fees and costs are the costs from your case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay the fees.

Magistrate

The Wilkes County court magistrate is the person that presides over your case. Magistrates do different functions, which include deciding a bail amount, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over initial court appearances and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared with information about the arrestee’s background and as much detail about the defendant’s life and public history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into account when determining the sentence. Information and personal details will be solicited from the defendant, their family, and in some cases the victim of the crime. Bear in mind that you can ask to receive your own copy of the report before you are sentenced, and make sure that you go over it and correct any mistakes in it.

Sentencing

If you get convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. The presiding judge in your case will weigh several options when determining your sentence, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to even incarceration in jail or prison. Depending on how serious your crime was, you will either be taken into custody immediately, or you could be given a date that you are required to report to jail to serve your term.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if some you know is in jail, or has been an inmate in the past?

This is pretty easy to do, simply you need to go to the Wilkes County jail website, and search by:

  • Their name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can also call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you can find out by checking the arrest warrants on the website or call the court. You have to have the person’s first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask the officer in charge. Keep in mind that if you do have an outstanding warrant, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, as well as the date of their arrest, contact the Wilkes County jail, by phone, go there in person, or you can check online. An arrest is in the public record and these records are available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when you get served with legal papers, such as a court order. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All registered sex offenders are registered and listed on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been tried by jury and convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You are able to view this information on the internet, but you should know that you can’t see the actual address, just the address block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. Court Records include a case file containing a docket sheet and all filings and documents filed in the case. You can access the court records on the internet, or at the clerk’s office of the court in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each and every state maintains a record of people’s criminal background. These databases are linked together so you can track criminal backgrounds from any other state. Go to county courthouse and check in person or you can check online. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and if the crime was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you are able to find out if someone has been arrested, charged, or convicted for the following crimes:

  • DUI or DWI.
  • Drug Possession.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Rape or other sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

During a criminal records search, you will not discover if they has had:

  • Speeding or reckless driving.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get driving histories, you must do a driving history search.

    Have you ever had to search for criminal records of someone you know? Was it an easy process? Was your search online or did you make a phone call to the local courthouse? Was the information you received correct? There are many reasons that folks look up criminal records and backgrounds, and your story may help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    On a Federal level, the FBI has their list of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Wilkes County, the Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List

    Wilkes County Sheriff’s Department’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that getting locked up in the Wilkes County jail is something you wish you could avoid, you will soon become accustomed to the daily routine there. Prisoners get an alarm for wake-up at 6am, and next you’ll have roll call. You will then get breakfast. Following breakfast participate in the program that has been assigned to you. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Wilkes County Jail, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Wilkes County Jail uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The procedure to send money to Wilkes County Jail inmates could change, so be sure to check the the Wilkes County Jail website when you send funds to an inmate.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self-contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Wilkes County Jail

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Wilkes County Jail, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.

    Apply for a Job at Wilkes County Jail

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must have a valid Driver’s License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been a prisoner at this jail? Do you have a family member or friend that is a prisoner there? Have you ever visited an inmate at Wilkes County Jail?

    If you have, then please write your review about it. Write about what you experienced so others can learn what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in the review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail facility and layout
    • Guards and staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Having Visitors
    • The other inmates.
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gangs
    • Activities and programs


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has a story about it. Why were you locked up? Were you mistreated? What was your daily routine in jail? What were the other inmates like? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Links and Resources

    Main Wilkes County Jail Link
    Wilkes County Jail Inmate Search
    Wilkes County Jail Mugshots
    Wilkes County Jail Bail Link

    Wilkes County Jail Visitation Policy Link
    Wilkes County Jail Jail Mail Link
    Find an inmate at Wilkes County Jail
    Wilkes County Warrant Lookup
    Wilkes County Jail Arrest Inquiry
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Wilkes County Jail
    Wilkes County Jail Employment


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